Compliance, Permitting, Essential Business and More - NV5|Alta Environmental April 2020 Newsletter
Essential Business During COVID-19
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the subsequent response have resulted in drastic disruptions to business operations and personal lives throughout the world. Businesses are tasked with navigating the challenge of prioritizing the health and safety of employees and their families while upholding the company’s financial well-being. Many businesses and their respective environmental, health, and safety (EHS) personnel find themselves with operational and economic challenges that have not been seen before.
‘Holy Fire’ Affects Stormwater Quality in Southern California
In Southern California, United States (US), a post-fire monitoring study helps stormwater managers develop strategies to prevent downstream water contamination. Rebekah Guill of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and Garth Engelhorn of Alta Environmental, an NV5 Company, explain how post-fire stormwater runoff affects water quality, based on scientific data.
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For industries, construction sites, and other regulated entities, this crisis is not alleviating the environmental permitting compliance requirements that their operations must comply with. All routine and storm-related inspections and sampling are required to continue as prescribed in the associated permits/orders. However, these activities need to meet the health and safety requirements of social distancing and face covering that is quickly becoming our “new normal.”
The current reality is that facility managers have huge responsibilities with the ongoing COVID-19 response actions and compliance seems like an unneeded constraint while keeping their facilities working – if they are an essential service provider.
Storm water regulations relating to construction sites vary across the country. Whether the project exists in a state with its own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) delegated authority or covered by the U.S. EPA’s Construction General Permit (CGP), the project may be required to sample a site’s storm water and non-storm water discharges.
Generator Improvement Rule – Anticipating the More Stringent Requirements for California Hazardous Waste Generators
It has been almost three years since the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the Generator Improvement Rule (GIR). In California, an EPA ‘authorized state,’ the Department of Toxic Substances and Control (DTSC) is the authorized agency responsible for adopting the rule within the state.
State Law AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling
In October 2014 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste (AKA Organics) on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across California implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units.